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Matchstick Marvels Museum, Gladbrook

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The Matchstick Marvels Museum is a museum in Gladbrook, Iowa, that features models created entirely of wooden matchsticks. The models are the work of Pat Acton, a resident of Gladbrook, and date back to 1977. As many as twenty of his large-scaled models are on display at any time. Ripley's Believe It or Not! has purchased 25 of Acton's creations and the museum was featured in a short documentary, part of the Discoveries... America series.
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  • We were looking for some place to go on a road trip for my husband's birthday. He's talked about the Matchstick Marvel Museum for years, and I wasn't exactly overly thrilled with the idea. But it was....  more
    We were looking for some place to go on a road trip for my husband's birthday. He's talked about the Matchstick Marvel Museum for years, and I wasn't exactly overly thrilled with the idea. But it was....  more »
  • Incredible!! What an amazing display. This is a must see! His work is displayed all over the world and you can see why. If you are anywhere in this area make it a point to stop! Watch the video as... 
    Incredible!! What an amazing display. This is a must see! His work is displayed all over the world and you can see why. If you are anywhere in this area make it a point to stop! Watch the video as...  more »
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  • This is a really awesome place in small town Iowa!!. The creations that he has made out of matchsticks are numerous and incredible!!
  • Definitely worth the trip out there to see would of loved to know about this place sooner and gotten to see all the sculptors made that are now all over the place. Brilliant work, I am not a smiler by nature but caught meself grinning ear to ear twice while there, hope you keep up the great work will definitely be back for the next build.

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